Penn Dixie Site Vandalized

June 20, 2011 Updated Jun 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 20, 2011 Updated Jun 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM EDT


Hamburg (WKBW) It's a sacred spot that's not so sacred anymore. The Penn Dixie site where people of all ages study fossils and our scientific past, has become a target for vandals.

Dumping oil, stolen and broken picnic tables, and burned down port-a-potties are just some of the examples of vandalism at the Penn Dixie site in Hamburg, one that is dedicated to education, especially for the younger generation.

Jerry Bastedo is the Executive Director of the Penn Dixie site. "We're trying to make this a very family friendly site, very safe and accessible. And generally we don't have many problems, these things are occurring at night of after hours and it's more vandalism than creating a hazard here. But it's very irritating as a nonprofit to keep things like this going," he said.

Police are still investigating the most recent vandalism of picnic tables at the site, and the director says they plan on installing more security cameras in the very near future.

Authorities warn that the Penn Dixie site is private property and even being on the site if you are not part of a group or pre-arranged visit is considered trespassing. But those at the site emphasized that it is still a safe place, and that they are simply dealing with a few bad apples.